Sunflowers typically serve as a double crop, being planted following the harvest of irrigated wheat in mid-summer. Because of the timing of the sunflowers’ water demands, they make an excellent addition to our farm’s crop rotation program. By following the wheat-sunflower-corn rotation, it allows us to obtain three crops in two years, while optimally managing our water usage for irrigation.

In 2006, we started Precision Ag & Seed Services (PASS) and became the seed representatives in Scott County for Pioneer Seed. As an added service to our seed business, we began offering precision agriculture consulting as well as Mapshot’s EasiSuite (a software program for crop record keeping specifically geared toward precision ag). Both aspects of the business grew rapidly, and while Pioneer limits our seed sales to the immediate area, we have sold EasiSuite and provided precision ag consulting to producers all over the country.

SERVICES

In addition to our own farming responsibilities, we also offer numerous services to fellow producers in the surrounding areas. These include custom spraying, planting and harvesting. These custom farming operations have been key in solidifying relationships with neighboring farms for more than a decade.

 

In addition, our seed business, Precision Ag & Seed Services, and our conditioned manure enterprise, Shallow Water Ag, LLC, comprise a large portion of the services offered by Vulgamore Family Farms.

Shallow Water Ag, LLC (SWAG) was started in 2005 through a partnership with a neighbor that had just begun spreading raw manure on fields. He purchased a new truck that had the ability to variable rate spread (applying varying amounts of manure across the field based on a prescription), and we chose to purchase a similar truck and to undertake commercial spreading with him. The manure business quickly grew in size and scope and by 2007, we had moved into stockpiling as well (transporting manure from feedyard to fields). In 2008, we began “conditioning” the manure at the feedyards through a process similar to composting. The conditioning process heats the manure to high temperatures and breaks it down into smaller, more nutrient-rich particles, killing weed seeds and making it a more effective fertilizer.

TECHNOLOGY & PRECISION AGRICULTURE

We rely heavily on technology in our day-to-day operations on the farm. In planting and harvesting, GPS-driven auto-steer and auto-swath control are imperative to ensure that we don’t over or under apply seed and that that field operations are performed in the quickest, most efficient manner possible. Our year-round application of precision agriculture methods, such as site-specific soil sampling, yield mapping and variable rate application, combined with technology, allows us to place nutrients exactly where they crops need them and reduce our overall use of commercial fertilizer and pesticides. 

 

Our latest technological endeavor is to improve the fertilizer program on our wheat by mounting infrared crop canopy sensors directly to our sprayer. As the sprayer navigates through the field, the sensors read the wheat plants and adjust the rate of nitrogen accordingly, allowing us to more perfectly match the plants’ needs with our fertilizer application.

1550 W. Road 70   |   Scott City, KS 67871

620-872-5242   |   VulgamoreFamilyFarms@vffarms.com